PALMAROLA – ENCHANTEMENT AND MAGIC
The Island of Palmarola is located in the archipelago of the Ponziane Islands, in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
It is located about 5 miles west of Ponza and is the third largest island of the Ponziano archipelago, after Ponza and Ventotene. Also called “la Forcina” because of its shape, it actually takes its name from the dwarf palm, the only palm tree native to Europe, which grows wild on its surface. The island was known in antiquity with the name Palmaria.
Palmarola is also an island of volcanic origin and is dominated by the peaks of Mount Guarnieri (249m), Mount Tramontana (235m) and Mount Radica (216m).
In Palmarola (Palmaria) Pope Silverio was exiled and died, patron saint of the municipality of Ponza, which is celebrated on 20 June. On the top of the San Silverio stack there is a small chapel that the popular tradition narrates on the remains of the forced residence of the Saint.
Nature reserve, covered with Mediterranean vegetation, can boast an uncontaminated territory with a variety of coasts and a clear sea that make it one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean and the world. The morphology of the coast is similar to that of Ponza, with the presence of caves, rocks and stacks. Historically, in this place we came in ancient times to collect the obsidian that was used to build weapons and tools. Then it was used, especially by the Ponzese, for cultivation and fishing, for this reason they had also dug caves in the rocks.
Today those caves are houses in which the people of Ponzesi retire in the summer to get away from the chaos of Ponza or after renting their houses to the vacationers. In addition to these, the only buildings on the island, some houses and some restaurants, are located around Cala del Porto which is also the only port of the island. In winter the island is uninhabited except for the custodians of some villas, including that of the Fendi sisters.
The habit of taking refuge in cave houses is very old and has its roots in the need to escape from pirates during the eighteenth century. In a text of the Accademia Pontaniana it is recalled that: “Giovanni Tagliamonte di Ponza, who died at the age of one hundred and three, often went from Ponza to Palmarola and told me several of similar clashes with the corsairs that happened to him no less than to other Ponzesi in the area. of this island. He had an ancient cave cut into the cliff by habitation near the small port of Palmarola (today Grotta Tagliamonte) but for fear of the pirates he spent many of his nights on the mountain in some cave without firing in order not to be discovered by the smoke. “
DIVING IN PALMAROLA WITH OCEANIA TEAM
The backdrops of Palmarola consist mainly of lava flows formed in remote times and this morphological characteristic makes them particularly varied and attractive for diving. The most striking places are at the two ends of the island: Punta Tramontana to the north and Punta Mezzogiorno to the south with its faraglioni and the Secca di Mezzogiorno.
Scuba diving in Palmarola with Oceania is done at the dive sites listed on the dive page.